Masters–and mistresses–of camouflage

a small lizard among rubbery brown leaves looks like a leaf itself

Leaf-tailed Gecko of Madagascar

Just look at these twenty examples of evolution for camouflage. Above, the geckos that look most like leaves avoid predators and catch more insects. Below, potoos and owls that succeed in blending in with tree branches avoid the daytime attention of hawks and eagles.

A large,bark-coloured bird hides by leaning against a tree branch

A great potoo of Brazil leans against a tree branch


The gallery also ha a photo of a Vietnamese mossy frog in full, frilly glory.

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